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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
I bought this saw because I like Hitachi tools and there is a $[...] rebate from Hitachi until 12/31/10. I was hesitant because of the other reviews, but the price inticed me. The saw came and this morning I decided to give it a try. It was 41F outside so I figured it would be a good day to run tests. I read the instructions and filled it with gas and chain oil. It took about 30 pulls to get the gas all the way into the system and then it fired right up. Since it was new, I knew it would be tight, so I just let it idle for about 3 minutes. The chain would not move unless the rpms were pretty high and at first I thought I needed to adjust that, but after some use it broke in and is now moving as soon as I crack the throttle. I ran the saw for about 2 hours, cutting down 2 large scrub oak trees (bushes). This saw is not under powered, you just have to let it break in a bit and it likes lots of RPM. It did not get hot at all and idles perfectly. If I run it a max RPM and then quickly let off the trigger it will stall, but it starts with a single pull almost every time. My only issue is the on off switch is located where my hand can acidentally shut it off. Once again, though, I also noticed that my hand would bump the switch when I was moving th saw in a way that might be dangerous, so maybe they actually did this on purpose. The Oregon bar and chain are excellent. All in all, it's a great saw for little money. Don't expect it to do the job of a big saw and you will be very happy.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2010
After a tree service cut down a 60' Hickory in my backyard I bought this saw to clean up the mess. It was meant to replace an older used chainsaw I had purchased for $50. Amazingly, this new $200 (bought retail) does not even match the old beaten chainsaw it was meant to replace. After taking it out of the box, gasing and lubing it up, it took 10-11 pulls to get it started. I realize the gas needed to work up the line, so I wasn't too worried. I let it warm up a little and then proceeded to try to make a cut. The motor died. 5 pulls later I get the saw running again. I let it idle for a couple minutes. I make a cut. The motor dies. Another 5-7 pulls later the saw is running again. I make another cut. The motor dies again. This happens two more times. So the next time I get it running I let it idle for 5 minutes. The saw did stay on after that without dying. However after 10-15 minutes of use, the sticker on the side was bubbling and the saw smelled as if it was on fire. This was cutting standard 6" thick branches. I wasn't cutting guard deep on the trunk or doing anything a saw of this type was not intended for. I used the saw for another 5 hours wondering when it would burst into flames. At times I would shut it off for several minutes to stack the wood I was cutting and the above mentioned procedure began anew. I will be returning this item to the store to replace it with a Husqvarna, which is what I should have purchased in the first place. Hindsight is always 20-20...

After this experience I believe this product is made for folks that would rather have a power solution to trimming small limbs off their trees a couple times a year. BUT, these same folks would have to deal with a workout to get their saw started and running that would exceed the effort of grabbing a handsaw and manually sawing the same limbs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
I was skeptical at first because of all the negative reviews this saw was given. I had my eye on one at menards but thought that I would do some review search before I purchased one online. With a $[...] mail in rebate and a price at $[...] I didn't think that I would be out much.
After receiving the saw, adjusting the bar and filling with bar lube and fuel mix. It took about 15-20 pull to get the fuel running through the engine to get it going. This saw is not a power house and should not be expected to do the job of saws much bigger. I have found the if you first full choke, pull rope once, and then 1/4 choke pull. Saw will start well let warm up for about 3 minutes. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
The problem with this chainsaw is that it has no primer bulb, making it almost impossible start. It took countless pulls to start (I had to sit down, rest, wipe the sweat off my brow and curse). The only way to easily start it is to use an eyedropper to put a few drops of the gas/oil mix directly into the carb (under the air filter).

I had to get warranty service on it after its first use because the electric cutoff switch was defective - I had to manually close the choke to stop the chainsaw before the switch repair.

On the positive side, it's powerful, lighweight and vibration free. Just make sure the chain is properly tensioned as you use it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
I bought this locally after checking out similarly priced models. The Hitachi, if you look at it closely, is better designed and more compact. You can feel this if you handle it and compare it to other consumer class models like Poulan and Homelite. Yes it does take more than 2-3 pulls to get it going, but not a lot. I think most people who have trouble with this unit just flood the engine by keeping the choke on too long. Once I had it running, I could restart the saw easily standing upright without putting it down and using my foot. Its that light.

On the first time out I was cutting 20" logs for about an hour. The saw had no trouble, and was very easy to handle. Vibration dampening works very well.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2011
Purchased this saw at Menards about two years ago. There was a rebate on it so it was much less expensive than other comparable saws in its class. I did not use it much (only once) the first year seeing that we lived in a townhome. Now that we own a house and have many trees to cut down and trim I use this much more. The problem is I spend more time trying to keep it running than I do using it. It will die when you let off the throttle from full power and will die when it gets warm. This saw also gets very hot in no time at all then it won't start. I have a heck of a time using it but now I am stuck with it. Spend your money on one you will enjoy to use.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2010
The day I purchased the saw I spent 2 or 3 hrs trying to keep it running. I needed to get some very light pruning done on a second home
and I wasted my entire afternoon trying to keep this 'junk' running.
I would say that I pulled the starter rope over 200 times. I tried
different gas, I released the brake completely as it created alot
of drag even in the 'free' position. Its cheap and poorly manu-
factured. I can't wait to return it, on my way to the orthopedist
to get my rotator cuff injected.....thanks Hitachi. Beware "made
in China" I ended up getting one small bush pruned for all of my
effort ! Now I know why it was on sale.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2011
Since the '80's, I,ve had Hitachi products. From video, TV and tools. What a great company that made very good products right up till i bought an awesome 18v drill last year. Needed a chainsaw after the storms this past winter. For under $200??...a Hitachi chainsaw??...WOW!!, I,m in!!

What a piece of crap! All plastic molded and I had the exact problems and frustrations that the other reviews discuss here. Not happy at all with Hitachi. Even though it was a fairly inexpensive saw, it's not even close to the reputable and quality products attached to the Hitachi name. Everyone said buy a Stihl or Husky....shoulda listened. Spend the extra bucks and go for quality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
I bought one of these for a few stumps in my back yard. For someone who has never owned a chainsaw before and does not plan on using it to often, I give it 4 stars for the cost and operation; its ok. But as far as chainsaws go, hitachi should stick to whatever it is they do well. I have hauled wood since I was old enough to carry a chainsaw, and this saw is not designed for anything more than small to medium jobs, for that its a great buy. I have always used Stihl and thought that maybe this would be a cheap solution for a few big stumps, and it will "eventually" cut them up, but as far as going out in the woods and cutting a load of wood, this saw would have you exhausted, and possible melt, it gets HOT, burning rubber smell HOT. I do recommend this saw however if all you need to do is a few minor tasks, it cuts well enough, is easy to operate, but don't pay more than 100 bucks. If you want something better I recommend looking into Stihl saws, you'll be seeing this one in my next yard sale.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2010
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This item doesn't match with Hitachi's reputation. Ordered it because the past experience with Hitach's products. Cheaply made in general. Screw for tightening chain broke during 1st time adjustment. Due to the safety concern, never even want to use it and had it returned. It's your safety, think twice.
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